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Camping near Temecula

Find campgrounds for camping near Temecula to enjoy! Long list of sites just outside Temecula in the Inland Empire and Southern California that we love.

camping near temecula

If you are looking for some camping near Temecula I have a list of campgrounds to choose from. Some are right outside of Temecula, and some are a bit further but all of them are beautiful and camping is a great way to vacation inexpensively.

I have places to hike in Temecula 😉 Here is an article about 10 popular campgrounds in Southern California which require no reservations to stay that you might enjoy. (affiliate links present)

Camping near Temecula

Tips: Make sure you have some great hiking shoes when you go, I love mine from Patagonia, it makes your trip so much nicer when you’re comfortable! Of course you will need a tent.

We actually bought one for us and one for the kids, we have 3 kids and this 5 man two room tent was perfect for them and their stuff (they love tenting together without Mom and Dad).

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Temecula Campsites

Another thing I have found to be a lifesaver is our Camelbak style water hydrators (we have one for each person so nobody has to share and each person has a pouch to carry their own water and snacks for hiking).

1. The first one is pictured above and it is called Dripping Springs National Park.

39755 Highway 79
Aguanga  CA  92536

2. Palomar Mountain is a great camping and hiking area near Temecula as well.

19952 SP ROAD P.O. BOX 175

3. Fry Creek Campground is a bit higher in elevation at 4,900 ft. but a good place if you’re up for going a bit further.

Palomar Mountain  CA

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4. Observatory Campground is great if you’re a Science nut and looking to camp just 2 miles from the observatory on Palomar Mtn.

Palomar Mountain  CA

5. Oak Grove Campground is located in the Cleveland National Forest and has nice sites full of vegetation and live Oaks.

Highway 79
Oak Grove  CA  95965

6. Crestline Group is perfect for large groups of tent campers up to 50 people!


camping near temecula

Best Camping Near Temecula

7. Wilderness Lakes Campground is great if you aren’t looking for total wilderness camping, and interested in more amenities like water, sewer and electric + more!

Wilderness Lakes Campground
30605 Briggs Rd.
Menifee  CA  92584

8. The Idyllwild Preserve Campground is great because of it’s location.

Idyllwild California
24400 Canyon Dr.
Idyllwild  CA  92549

9. Marion Mountain Campground is also in Idyllwild, electric hookups aren’t available but in a wonderful area. 1st come 1st serve camping.

Po Box 518
Idyllwild  CA  92549

10. Vail Lake is the closest to us and is great for camping in your trailer / RV and has hookups there.

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Tent Camping Near Temecula

There are many places further south and toward the beach like Carlsbad but those go quickly so you must make reservations as soon as possible!!

  • I would suggest for any of these places that you call ahead and make a reservation as soon as you know the dates that would work for your family. The closer to summer it gets the more likely it will be that they are all full already. Don’t delay!
  • If you’re booking for a holiday like 4th of July you may need to look a year in advance.

If you’re looking to visit a National Park read Things to do with Kids in Yosemite…our best vacation yet!!

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Mommy Kat

Thursday 19th of March 2015

Hurkey Creek is a good too. My ultimate gotta go place is Tucalotta in Sage, 15 minute out of town and they have EVERYTHING ! Including a mini zoo. Thanks for posting


Monday 5th of January 2015

Great list, do not forget Skinner and Perris Lake. I raised my son at the beach and he had never seen a full sky of stars until we went tent camping at Lake Skinner. He was 10 yrs old, the first night he was "terrified" to look up at the blanket of stars. Today at 40 yrs he thinks he is a HB Bad Boy so once in a while I need to remind him of one starry night.


Monday 12th of January 2015

Yes, Skinner!!

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